Recent developments on gmicromc: Transport simulations of proton and heavy ions and concurrent transport of radicals and dna

Youfang Lai, Xun Jia, Yujie Chi

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Abstract

Mechanistic Monte Carlo (MC) simulation of radiation interaction with water and DNA is important for the understanding of biological responses induced by ionizing radiation. In our previous work, we employed the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU)-based parallel computing tech-nique to develop a novel, highly efficient, and open-source MC simulation tool, gMicroMC, for simulating electron-induced DNA damages. In this work, we reported two new developments in gMicroMC: the transport simulation of protons and heavy ions and the concurrent transport of radicals in the presence of DNA. We modeled these transports based on electromagnetic interactions between charged particles and water molecules and the chemical reactions between radicals and DNA molecules. Various physical properties, such as Linear Energy Transfer (LET) and particle range, from our simulation agreed with data published by NIST or simulation results from other CPU-based MC packages. The simulation results of DNA damage under the concurrent transport of radicals and DNA agreed with those from nBio-Topas simulation in a comprehensive testing case. GPU parallel computing enabled high computational efficiency. It took 41 s to simultaneously transport 100 protons with an initial kinetic energy of 10 MeV in water and 470 s to transport 105 radicals up to 1 µs in the presence of DNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6615
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Volume22
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2021

Keywords

  • DNA damage
  • GPU programming
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Proton transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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